Negra Modelo
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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From:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
 
Mexico
Style:
Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #127
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
77
Ranked #28,676
Avg:
3.36 | pDev: 15.77%
Ratings:
3,773
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 12, 2022
Added:
Nov 19, 2000
Wants:
  91
Gots:
  863
SCORE
77
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Notes: Negra Modelo, better known as "the cream of the beer", is a Munich-type beer with 5.3º of alcohol that offers a balanced flavor and a delicate aroma of dark malt, caramel and hops.

Today it occupies the first place in sales among dark beers in Mexico. This beer is accompanied by a bright deep amber color, which is adorned with abundant, white and compact foam.

Negra Modelo was introduced in Mexico in 1925 as the dark beer called Modelo, to begin its great tradition. In 2014 it changed its image to a more sophisticated bottle but with the same content.

Ingredients - Water, barley malt, non-malted cereals, hops
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3.68 by HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois on May 12, 2022
 
3.42 by AustinRT from Texas on May 09, 2022
 
3.2 by alexvhrk from Wisconsin on May 09, 2022
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3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by JZH1000 from Colorado

Poured from a 12oz bottle best by Nov 2022

On the pour a 2 finger head forms, which gradually recedes to a thin covering over the top of the beer. Color is a dark brown/copper to amber. Very lively carbonation. Some lacing tries to form but not the best.

Aroma is mostly oxidized lager yeast with some extra malts in from traditional modelo. Some dark notes but no real malt sweetness comes through. Maybe some very very light mexican hops similar to corona but less light struck. Not a lot here.

Taste is more complex than the aroma. Lager feel right at the front of the sip with a slow evolution to a fuller bodied malty flavor with very fleeting and light bitterness. Not really a bitter beer, but not completely hopless. Aftertaste is subtle dark toffee malt, still penetrated by some mexican lager yeast flavors and it slowly fades out to a more bready note.

Feel is light for the style but not a watery beer. Head still gives a good amount of mouthfeel but it's on the lighter side of things. Similar to modelo maybe a bit bigger.

Overall for the brand a decent dark lager but for the style a bit disappointing and overridden by generic lager flavors, especially when drinking from the bottle. Not a bad beer by any means but not a great example of a Dunkel. It was my Cinco de mayo beer since I wanted something more than generic Mexican mass market lager.

May 08, 2022
 
3.4 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois on May 07, 2022
 
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on May 05, 2022
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3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by CBlack85 from South Carolina

On tap at Rey Azteca served into a large mug

The beer pours a clear dark copper/amber color with a large off white foamy head that recedes slowly leaving behind no lacing

The nose is mild with bready, caramel and toffee notes, and hints of chocolate. Lightly sweet with a faint fruitiness.

Like the nose, the taste is clean and bready, with bits of caramel. Fairly mild and medium/light boded with soda-esque carbonation.

Overall, a nice little beer that is at the crossroads between being a Euro style dark lager and a Dunkel

May 02, 2022
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3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz bottle BB SEP 2002 poured into a shaker pint at fridge temp 5.4% ABV per label. The beer pours mostly bright light brown with dark khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles and lasts. The aroma is very slight with notes of cocoa and grain. The taste is bittersweet with more cocoa, pale malt and a hint of corn. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good beer, but not fair to score it as a Dunkel.

Apr 30, 2022
 
3.25 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Apr 22, 2022
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3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by ac0oh

For a budget beer, fantastic! Not too bubbly, nice notes of rye, caramel, smoke, and nuttiness. Nose smells like wet wonderbread. Goes great with food, with a slice of limón, or prepared michelada style.

Apr 15, 2022
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3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

355 mL bottle from a six-pack bought at the LCBO; dated Nov 26 2021 and served barely chilled. One of a dwindling number of widespread macro lagers that I haven't gotten around to reviewing for one reason or another.

Pours a clear copper-amber colour with some effervescence; gathered atop is an inch of soapy, lumpy, cream-coloured head that dissipates within a couple of minutes. It leaves behind a messy coat of lacing, in addition to a sudsy collar and filmy cap - looks good to me. Subtle aroma of caramelized sugars, with toasted grains and bread; maybe a teensy bit of nuttiness and some metallicity.

It's a serviceable dark lager: a little sweet, but nothing unusual for the style. Toasted grains and lightly caramelized sugars, with doughy sweetness on the back end; just a hint of grassy, herbal hop bitterness on the back end for balance. The aftertaste is slightly sweet and nutty, fading within a moment or so. Medium-light in body, with moderate carbonation that gently prickles the tongue; smooth mouthfeel, not much bite. Fantastic drinkability - I don't tend to consume dark lagers in large quantities, but six of these around a campfire wouldn't present much of an obstacle.

Final Grade: 3.42, a B-. For a Euro-style dark lager, Negra Modelo is average at best - but I can't rightly claim that it was unpalatable, or that there was anything especially wrong with it. If anything, it's one of the better macro lagers I've had in recent years, and easily the best Mexican macro I've tried to date. The main downsides (at least here in Ontario) are the format and price point - in fact, my unwillingness to pay $14-16 for six bottles of macro lager is the biggest reason I've avoided reviewing this until now. I still don't think it's worth that, but the beer itself is nice enough, and worth the tick.

Apr 12, 2022
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3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by maltmaggot from California

Appearance: golden/caramel/brown
Smell: grain/malt/bread/light brown sugar
Taste: sweet cereal/maple brown sugar instant oatmeal/watered down molasses/subtle hops
Texture: mild stickiness/smooth/low carbonation
Total: I like this beer sometimes. While it is a bit on the watered side, it seems built for hot weather.

Apr 12, 2022
 
4.11 by Rhetion from Florida on Apr 07, 2022
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Bottle served with a lime at fiesta Mexican a in moab , utah

Notes: Negra Modelo, better known as "the cream of the beer", is a Munich-type beer with 5.3º of alcohol that offers a balanced flavor and a delicate aroma of dark malt, caramel and hops.

Today it occupies the first place in sales among dark beers in Mexico. This beer is accompanied by a bright deep amber color, which is adorned with abundant, white and compact foam.

Negra Modelo was introduced in Mexico in 1925 as the dark beer called Modelo, to begin its great tradition. In 2014 it changed its image to a more sophisticated bottle but with the same content.

Ingredients - Water, barley malt, non-malted cereals, hops

Goes well with Mexican food, malty , fresh clean,

Good beer

Apr 01, 2022
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MattDecker from Texas

Easily my most favorite massed produced beer. If they have only basic beers, I happily reach for this.

Mar 26, 2022
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3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mfm789

Overall:

People rating this in terms of depth and complexity are missing the point. This is right up there with Yuengling as a widely available, cheap, and easily down-able beer to go with food or just to kill several of without hurting your wallet. Great for the price, solid Vienna lager with macro-availability, easy go to choice when there are limited options.

Mar 08, 2022
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3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by augustgarage from California

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator pokal.

Crystal clear, caramel/burnt sienna gradient with a vague beige cap that quickly fizzles away. Vague lacing; poor retention.

Gentle malt in the nose, with a hint of grocery store wheat bread. Maybe some faint walnut and green apple as well.

Sweet yet clean palate entry, faint malt character, low bitterness, with a hint of soda water and caramel. Medium-dry finish. Tiny bit of chocolate and bread crust in the aftertaste, almost redeems things...

Not quite medium-bodied, reasonably low ABV, fairly high carbonation.

Substituting caramel malt, 6-row, 2-row, and rice for Munich malt, this isn't really a proper example of the style, but it is one of the better industrial lagers around.

Feb 22, 2022
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3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Mdog from Minnesota

Appearance: Clear amber, ok head but fades out quickly.

Smell: Bit of sweetness, toffee.

Taste: Mild sweetness, light fruit notes-fig and raisin. Light body, “ok”.

Overall: I used to have Negra Modelo a fair amount in the small town I lived in after college as it was the “fancy” beer at the decent restaurant in town. Never reviewed it until now, it's decent, some decent fruit flavors but there are much tastier vienna lagers out there.

Feb 12, 2022
 
4.06 by lonestarshield from Texas on Feb 06, 2022
 
3.13 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from New York on Jan 19, 2022
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3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Christianriveraaa

The look reminds me of a watered down stout, the smell reminds me of a less strongly stout, the taste is definitely a mix of a lager and a stout. It has a sweet watered down stout taste with the feel of you can drink a lot but it will get you off guard. Drink with precaution but this isn't a drink I'd pick up over guiness.

Jan 16, 2022
 
3.18 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Jan 09, 2022
 
3.5 by NRMeadmore from Connecticut on Dec 22, 2021
 
3.29 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Dec 15, 2021
 
4.41 by Echo93 on Nov 29, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Jule17 from Ohio

Pretty good! Maybe even better than especial!

Nov 13, 2021
 
3.77 by ohbigun from West Virginia on Nov 12, 2021
 
3.52 by gefinley from California on Nov 08, 2021
 
3.3 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Nov 07, 2021
 
3.2 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 04, 2021
 
3.5 by blackcloud from Alaska on Sep 16, 2021
 
3.89 by Mustela_Man from Rhode Island on Sep 15, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

Seemed quite fizzy when pour but actually not that carbonated. Dark brown color, thin foam, didn't last long. On sweet side, feels of caramel like it's color. Not much else going on. Thin body. Not really bitter. It's just ok.

Sep 12, 2021
 
3.51 by tpeters from Michigan on Sep 12, 2021
 
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3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by February 2022.

Looks okay. Clear deep reddish amber body. The initial foamy tan head doesnt last long, becoming a thin ring and covering. No lacing.

Faint sweet lightly roasty malty aroma.

On tasting, it's on the sweet side. Does have that dunkel flavor, but very weak in the body.

Mouth between thin and medium, finish slightly dry and faintly roasty.

Overall, kind of a dunkel-lite feel. No bad, just not much substance.

Sep 02, 2021
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 3773 ratings